2011 Quinta Sardonia "QS2" Red Blend Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

SKU #1217031 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Assertive dark fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity and complicating hints of black pepper and woodsmoke. Densely packed blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors spread out on the palate, with juicy acidity providing lift. Bitter chocolate and violet flavors emerge on the finish, which is framed by smooth tannins. (JR)  (9/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 QS2 is mostly Tempranillo, complemented by Bordeaux grapes aged in oak barriques and egg-shaped cement vats. Since the 2011, the wine that makes it into the blend is more or less based on the soils. The nose is dominated by blue and black fruit aromas with dark spices and a hint of smoke. In 2011, they started working with whole-clusters – in fact, the bottom part of the clusters, which allows them to harvest a little earlier – and it shows in the freshness within the power and ripeness of the wine. (LG)  (8/2014)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.